Primary Persona Name
Madame Brunissende de Brocéliande
Alternate Personae
Chrestienne la pescheresse, a 12th-century French woman from Paris who joined the Sisterhood of Saint Walburga.
Awards and Honors
Order of the Silver Crescent, Order of the Burdened Tyger, Award of Arms, Order of the Salamander (Bhakail)
Roles and Activities
Rapier fighter and marshal, Ivy Pursuivant (Herald for the Bailiwicke of Ivyeinrust)
Local Branch
Rapier Company
Company Rank
Provost
Mentoring Affiliations
Brunissende is an apprentice to Mistress Andrea MacIntyre and a protégée to Mistress Alys Mackyntoich.
Other Affiliations
WOTOG, Sisterhood of Saint Walburga
Entered SCA Rapier
October 2002
Favorite Rapier Form
Rapier and dagger
Populace Service Announcement
Madame Brunissende is a founding member of the Sisterhood of St. Walburga. The Sisterhood is a discussion and resource-sharing group for studying and spreading good heraldry practices in the East Kingdom (sometimes through the Enlightenment-inducing qualities of booze).

For assistance with researching and registering your name and device in the East Kingdom, contact the Sisterhood of St. Walburga.
"Booze, books, blazon, bullsh*t since A.S. XL"
Primary Persona Story/Info
Brunissende de Brocéliande was born in Brittany, on July 2nd 1426. She was the only child of her parents. They moved to Tours when she was 13. It's from there that she saw France being regained from the English. Yeah, that will show them!!! She however, being an outsider in the politic events, with the certitudes of a teenager, supported the Prince Louis, only 3 years her elder, in his conflict with his father. There was not really anything she could do, but getting interested in politics. She was raised gravitating around the court, and discretely made useful connections. Her parents decided that in these uncertain times her education should be complete and decided that she should know as well things that young women and men of the nobility had to learn. And she learnt everything people tried to teach her, except discipline and respect.

At the age of 20, when Louis was exiled, she had already established her reputation and clients. There is no word on how this happened but it obviously required her many friends in important positions. Brunissende established herself in a very stable profession, founding a "Salon artistique et social" where gentlemen from the nobility can meet women with similar artistic interests. Mean and bigoted people tend to call her establishment a brothel for the nobility or a house of lost girls, she, on the other hand, thinks that she helps these girls find themselves. It's a nice place where educated people can meet other educated people and socialize. Anything else is detail not worth mentioning.

Or y pensez, belle Gautière
Qui écolière souliez être,
Et vous, Blanche la Savetière,
Or est-il temps de vous connaître :
Prenez à dêtre ou à senêtre ;
N'épargnez homme, je vous prie ;
Car vieilles n'ont ne cours ne être,
Ne que monnoie qu'on décrie.
-François VILLON (1431-?)
"Ballade de la belle Heaumière aux filles de joie"

She travels a lot, across Europe and her trips often take her to Tadcaster or other places of England. The motivations behind the trips are various. Of course there is the necessity to recruit but also install other 'salons' in different cities and countries. The fact that she is the owner of the Lemon Arrky (sometimes mistaken for the Draconigena) facilitates the trips. There have been rumors that she was involved in piracy. There have been other stories that she could be a spy for the Prince Louis de France and would have played a role in his alliance with the Swiss confederates. All these are obviously unfounded gossip. She may have been delivering some letters but there is no evidence of spying, and if there's no evidence it didn't happen, no? The fact is, she likes to travel, has friends in many places and voyages a lot for commerce. Yep, that's her story and she's sticking to it.

Heureux qui, comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyage,
Ou comme cestuy-là qui conquit la toison,
Et puis est retourné, plein d'usage et raison,
Vivre entre ses parents le reste de son âge !
- Joachim DU BELLAY (1522-1560)